Ex-CIA Operative Normand Hodges Admits to Marilyn Monroe’s Assassination-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
A retired CIA operative named Normand Hodges confessed to Marilyn Monroe’s assassination on his deathbed.
A fake news website is behind this false report.
A story that appeared on the fake news website World News Daily Report claimed that retired CIA operative Normand Hodges confessed to the assassination of Marilyn Monroe on his deathbed. Normand Hodges recalled Marilyn Monroe’s “assassination” in the article:
“We had evidence that Marilyn Monroe had not only slept with Kennedy, but also with Fidel Castro. My commanding officer, Jimmy Hayworth, told me that she had to die, and that it had to look like a suicide or an overdose. I had never killed a woman before, but I obeyed orders… I did it for America! She could have transmitted strategic information to the communists, and we couldn’t allow that! She had to die! I just did what I had to do!”
The false report was shared thousands of times on social media and many readers believed that it was real. However, according to World News Daily Report’s disclaimer, the website assumes “all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content.”
If the website’s disclaimer wasn’t enough to prove this claim false, the story includes photos of an elderly man identified as Normand Hodges that can easily be proven false.
The man in the photos is Michael Tyrell, a terminally ill prisoner who was serving a 20-year prison sentence for drug offenses, the Guardian reports.
Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her bedroom on August 5, 1962. The coroner ruled that her death was a probable suicide by barbiturates, according to the autopsy report:
“Miss Monroe has suffered from psychiatric disturbance for a long time. On more than one occasion … when disappointed or depressed, she has made a suicide attempt. On these occasions, she had been rescued. It is our opinion the same pattern was repeated except for the rescue.”
Many conspiracy theories have persisted over the years about Marilyn Monroe’s death. Some speculate that the FBI assassinated her, and others speculate that Bobby Kennedy ordered her assassination.
At this point, however, those are nothing more than conspiracy theories.